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Review for Eric Frisch's album 'Music Under The Sea'

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Eric Frisch is an indie pop musician currently residing in New York City. Originally from Toronto, Frisch grew up in a musically inclined home. The second of four children, he started learning piano at an early age. His parents started him off on the right track by introducing him to all the right music. The catalog of albums included playing “Here, There and Everywhere” off of Revolver for him when he was 15. Eventually the essence of those tracks began to influence Frisch as he embarked on his own musical journey to create his own music. Music Under the Sea is an album that combines all the sounds of ‘50s and ‘60s pop music into one ordeal, yet forges a strong undercurrent of modern takes from Frisch’s own personal interpretations. “Slow Down Feeling in my Heart” is an electro sounding track with a straight up retro stance.  The drowsy keyboards with powerful synths has a classic vibe. With an electric vibe trailing its instrumental ambient feel, the catchy tunes on this draws direct inspiration from The Beatles and the Beach Boys. It's sunny approach and upbeat cadences falls central in an ironclad direction that reverberates with solid electronic rock upbeat tempos. “Drift Away” is a song filled with rock cadences with washes of indie-pop and electronic rock in the mixture. The hollow sounds of the guitar chords in the beginning is filled with reverb. The echo-y and grainy vibe are telltale signs of Frisch’s retrospective influences. Yet Frisch doesn’t just mine from the all-hallowed grounds of past great bands. He also adds in his diverse range of musicianship and vocal variety as well as incorporating his own personal story-arc to these wide arrangement of songs. The song “Goodbye Slowly” is about a breakup. With such raw connotations, Frisch’s vocals give off a fragile and delicate feel. While “The Light Ahead” is an upbeat, sunny track that is like a perfect song for the summer. It took a little over a year to write the songs off the album and Frisch recorded and produced the album himself. He used two microphones to record the entire thing: a Shure-SM57 and a little condenser mic that overall kind of gave his vocals a kind of tinny sound. The album’s winding melodic approach also sequesters a swampy and smarmy feel to the record. Even with its overwrought connotations, this overall is overpowering music that is here to stay. This is surprising light fare that is also sustainable. With such a strong foundation of oldies influences, Eric Frisch’s music is a wash of sounds that is refreshingly from the old beat yet is filled with some clear sighted modern interpretations that will take you beyond your regular facades and boundaries.